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Thich Nhat Hanh quotes page 3

The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the
present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
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It never helps to draw a line and dismiss some people as enemies, even those who act
violently. We have to approach them with love in our hearts and do our best to help them
move in a direction of nonviolence. If we work for peace out of anger, we will never succeed.
Peace is not an end. It can never come about through non-peaceful means.
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If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.
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Anger is an unpleasant feeling. It is like a blazing flame that burns up our self-control and
causes us to say and do things that we regret later. When someone is angry, we can see
clearly that he or she is abiding in hell. Anger and hatred are the materials from which hell is
made. A mind without anger is cool, fresh, and sane. The absence of anger is the basis of
real happiness, the basis of love and compassion.
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Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek
peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.
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Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we
believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
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You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.
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If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in
our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.
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Nature is our mother. Because we live cut off from her, we get sick. Some of us live in boxes
called apartments, very high above the ground. Around us are only cement, metal, and hard
things like that. Our fingers do not have a chance to touch the soil; we don't grow lettuce
anymore... We and our children should be in touch again with Mother Earth. In many cities,
we cannot see trees - the color green is entirely absent from our view.
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If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
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Nonviolent action, born of the awareness of suffering and nurtured by love, is the most
effective way to confront adversity.
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People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we
are free and we don't suffer anymore.
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The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word,
one action, one thought can reduce another person's suffering and bring that person joy.
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Freedom is the basic condition for you to touch life, to touch the blue sky, the trees, the
birds, the tea, and the other person.
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We need to be aware of the suffering, but retain our clarity, calmness and strength so we
can help transform the situation.
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